2015 Shows

Oct. 17: Mouths of Babes
w/ Julia Weldon
Benefit Concert for Americans United 
for Separation of Church & State
8 pm @ UUCA

Mouths of Babes is Ty Greenstein (of Girlyman) and Ingrid Elizabeth (of Coyote Grace).
This tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady come together to melt hearts and shake souls with undeniable chemistry and a truly unexpected heralding of wisdom. Mouths of Babes' sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem—an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile.

Oct. 22:  American Music Abroad presents
Della Mae
8 pm @ TFCE
Free Concert for the Community!
(No RSVPs needed)

Della Mae was formed in the fall of 2009 by two time Grand National Fiddle champion, Kimber Ludiker. Over the period of about a year, Ludiker pointedly assembled women with top tier instrumental and vocal abilities. Fostered enthusiastically by the roots, folk and bluegrass community of Boston they have evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. In the last five years they have played in over 20 countries including Pakistan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. In 2013 they won IBMA's emerging artist of the year, and in 2014 were nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album. Della Mae is currently based out of Nashville, TN and tours over 200 days a year in support of their newest Rounder Record released album "Della Mae".

October 25:  Barnaby Bright
w/ Victoria Vox
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
RSVP: stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

Nov. 10:  Patchy Sanders
8 pm @ The Falls Church Episcopal

Nov. 13:  Joe Ely
w/ Karen Jonas
8 pm @ UUCA

Nov. 15: Molly Tuttle & John Mailander
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
RSVP: stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

Nov. 21:  Natalia Zukerman / Caleb Hawley
8 pm @ UUCA

Nov. 29:  Jeff Campbell, Megan Slankard, Joe Marson
7:30 pm @ Bikenetic
RSVP: stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

Dec. 5:  A Catie Curtis Christmas
8 pm @ UUCA
Free Concert!

Oct. 4: Woody Russell Trio w/ Freddy & Francine

7:30 PM (doors at 7:00 PM)
Bikenetic, 922 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA

Woody Russell is a critically acclaimed, award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter from Austin, Texas, who will be traveling to our area together with harmonica ace Jose Ruiz and talented keyboardist Bryce Powell.  With over twenty-five years as a professional musician to his credit, Russell is known for his deliverance of seasoned performances. Respected music industry veteran and President of BE Music and Entertainment, Michael Blanton, calls him "one of the best kept secrets in the world of live performance today." Blues Revue offers that, as a guitarist, Russell possesses the “fearlessness of Jeff Beck”. 

Ten years ago, Woody Russell was one of the Top 5 New Talent Finalists of 2004 at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival; the only finalist to receive a coveted invitation to perform at Newport in 2005 alongside a lineup that included Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson and Emmylou Harris. The Newport Daily News regarded Russell as an "audience favorite."

Russell’s brand new release, Delicious Days (Sept. 2013) features 11 new songs infused with sophisticated arrangements and thoughtful production. Russell has always been a genre-blurring artist and Delicious Days is no exception. A defined trajectory toward pop is the prevailing tone on this album; perhaps more so than on any of his other releases. But again, he seamlessly integrates his brand of jazz and blues, rock and soul in to the mix. The end result is a lush, complex recording – a pop album with a jazz heart - created by a master craftsman and his superb band. Yet, it’s an album which, amid the musical intricacies, is brimming with very accessible songs.

Please note that Woody offers free CDs to all veteran and active-duty military who attend his concerts!

Freddy & Francine is an Americana/Soul duo featuring singer songwriters Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. Drawing from influences like Ray LaMontagne, Brandi Carlile, The Swell Season, Ryan Adams and The Rolling Stones, No Depression describes Freddy & Francine as “Americana Soul, complete with tight two-part harmonies, engaging songs that will shoot deep into your heart, and a musical chemistry that is second-to-none in the L.A. Americana scene.”

Between 2008 and 2010, Freddy & Francine became favorites on the Los Angeles live circuit, building a word-of-mouth following and drawing crowds to regular gigs at venues that include Hotel Café, Vermont Restaurant, McCabe’s and the Cinema Bar. A feature of their song “Brownstone Alley” as TOP TUNE on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic helped to bolster the group’s iTunes sales for their self titled EP and their first album, “The Briar Patch.”

A three year hiatus saw Lee Ferris touring the globe as Carl Perkins with Broadway’s “Million Dollar Quartet” while Bianca Caruso recorded and released her debut solo record “Bravado” on Randm Records, but with a loyal following hungry for their return, Freddy & Francine’s 2014 reunion found them right where they left off, selling out shows at venues in and around L.A. and touring extensively throughout the West Coast, the Southwest, the East Coast and the Midwest.

In just a short time, excitement for Freddy & Francine’s powerful and compelling stage show has lead them to a three week residency at L.A.’s prestigious Hotel Cafe, featured performance slots at the 2015 Sisters Folk Festival, an official showcase at the 2015 SWRFA and FAR-West Folk Alliance Conferences, and a concert with the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Studio Series in New York City.

Oct. 1: David Berkeley w/ Rachel Ries

@ The Falls Church Episcopal
115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church
8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

"Berkeley sings in a lustrous melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake.... As his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals." - Jon Pareles, New York Times

"A performance from David Berkeley is always an intimate and contemplative one, rich with vivid lyrics and passionate yet understated vocals. Despite his studio albums' success, there's something particularly special about hearing the singer-songwriter's work performed live" - Paste

It began with the brontosaurus. While living in California several years ago, David Berkeley came across a strange sculpture of a dinosaur in front of an otherwise handsome home. "It was a pretty unattractive piece of lawn art," the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/author remembers. "But it spun me into thinking about people's different appreciation of beauty. I began imagining a story about an eccentric guy who is totally taken by this thing. Maybe the people in the house happen to be getting rid of it (understandably), and so this man takes it home." 

From this seed an adventure grew, culminating in Berkeley's latest achievement: a set of interwoven stories offered in his second book, The Free Brontosaurus, and a batch of accompanying songs on his sixth studio album, Cardboard Boat. The songs are sung from the perspective of each story's main character. The releases are a rare compliment to each other, but with a degree in literature from Harvard, over a decade of touring under his belt and a stage show that melds profound songs and hilarious anecdotes, Berkeley is uniquely positioned to bbe able to pull off such an ambitious project.

Berkeley has amassed a dedicated and widespread following who fully funded the creation of this new album and book. He's been a guest on This American Life, Mountain Stage, World Café, CNN, XM Radio's Loft Sessions, WFUV, NPR's Acoustic Café and many more. He won the 2015 Kerrville New Folk competition and ASCAP's Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award. Called "a musical poet" by the San Francisco Chronicle, "sensational" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and "spellbinding" by Blurt, critics praise Berkeley's carefully crafted philosophic lyrics and soulful baritone, which at one moment resonates richly only to swoop into a fragile falsetto in the next.

Though he now calls Santa Fe home, where he lives with his wife and two young sons, his explorations have taken him from busking in Harvard Square to the mountains of Corsica, from the back roads of Alaska to the crowds of New York City. Each port of call opened him to new experiences, as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, a river rafting guide in Idaho and, always, a chronicler of life as he observed and embraced it.

Daughter of Mennonite missionaries, Rachel Ries -- opening for Berkeley -- hails from the inspiring, vast expanses of South Dakota, by way of Zaire. Her formative years were filled with Congolese spirituals, Mennonite hymns, Suzuki violin and The Carpenters. Currently splitting her time between rural Vermont and New York City, Rachel crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With an electric guitar, clear voice and steady hand, she pulls the listener into her world of city grit, country dirt, and her open-eyed search for redemption and reason. Her songs are fine-tuned delicacy with a snarl and disarming candor. Proudly carrying the torch of her love for the domestic arts, Rachel's homemade preserves and hand-stitched notebooks can often be found at shows, nestled amid the 180 gram vinyl, cds and t-shirts.

Rachel, returning from a years-long hiatus, released her third long player, Ghost of a Gardener last winter. Her voice at times echoes that of Regina Spektor or early Maria Muldaur and this new album is full of thoughtful and inventive arrangements. Fingerpicked melodicism pairs with sweeping strings & analog synths while a Merle Haggard-style drinking song struts with trumpets and close knit harmonies. The album, produced by Ries along with Secretly Canadian artist David Vandervelde, also includes Emmett Kelly (Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cairo Gang), Gregory Alan Isakov, Evan Bivins (Cary Ann Hearst, Duncan Sheik), members of Brooklyn's Cuddle Magic, strings from RSVQ and long-time bandmate Ariel Bolles.

Since 2008's Country EP, a split 45" with Anaïs Mitchell released on Righteous Babe Records, Ries ("reese") has recorded and toured extensively with Mitchell, supporting Bon Iver and others. In addition to Mitchell, Rachel has recorded and collaborated with Jeremy Messersmith and Gregory Alan Isakov, who appears on Ghost. She was granted a Chicago Arts award in 2010, worked in Chicago theatre, toured Europe and the States, learned how to repair Wurlitzers and (kind of) play the drums.